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Saint Louis Priory School is a Catholic independent day school for boys in grades seven through twelve which offers a nationally recognized accelerated curriculum designed to qualify graduates for admission to distinguished colleges and universities and to prepare them to undertake their continuing studies with success.
The Mission of Saint Louis Priory School is to provide a Benedictine, Catholic, college preparatory education of the highest excellence so as to help talented and motivated young men develop their full potential as children of God. Read more...
DISTINGUISHING CHARACTERISTICS OF A PRIORY EDUCATION
More than 30 Benedictine monks of Saint Louis Abbey continue the Order’s centuries-old, global tradition of providing a liberal arts education. The students who enter Priory graduate six years later ready for advanced study and grounded in the Benedictine principles of love of knowledge and an appreciation for the exchange of ideas. These young men enter the world developed in mind, body and spirit and make a difference through their daily search for God, dignity of work, respect for others, stewardship, peace and moderation.
Though the School accepts a percentage of its students from other faiths (about 15 percent of our students are non-Catholic), it seeks to impart a thorough grounding in the knowledge and practice of the Roman Catholic faith. As a monastery School, Priory places special emphasis on prayer, service to others and the moral development of its students.
The School's curriculum is reflective of the Christian humanism which is the mark of the English Benedictine tradition. It incorporates the best educational practices of our heritage with those of the modern era. We aim to prepare our boys to become wise and intellectually astute, as well as to assume positions of leadership.
WHAT DOES THAT MEAN?
• The Benedictine focus on the discussion of knowledge and the exchange of ideas where regular participation in discussions is expected.
• The Benedictine commitment to community displayed most visibly through our Tutoria program, a mentoring program, in which high school students lead the junior school students in an exploration of the Scriptures through prayer, discussion and shared activities.
• An ability to synthesize, analyze and critique honed through six years of classical liberal arts course work and a capstone Senior Thesis, an independent project under the direction of a faculty mentor. Most students write an in-depth argumentative paper. Students with a demonstrated ability may elect to do a creative work.
• An appreciation of and respect for all is partially emphasized through study of both a classical and modern language. Four years of Latin language and culture are required as well as five years of modern language. Most languages offered extend beyond the required and allow students to pursue advanced honors or AP level work. Additionally, Priory School welcomes various students from Chile, France, Ireland, The Republic of China (Taiwan) and The People’s Republic of China as part of a cultural exchange.
• The Priory athletic requirement reflects the Benedictine mission to educate the total student, mind, body and spirit. All students are required to participate in a team sport or group activity throughout the year.
• All juniors and seniors donate at least forty hours of their time to serving the poor and disadvantaged. Many students complete more than 100 hours of service, thus earning the U.S. President’s Volunteer Service Award.
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Although the School is not governed by the Archdiocese of Saint Louis, it works cooperatively with it to help strengthen Catholic education in the area. Saint Louis Priory School is a member of the National Catholic Education Association, the College Board, the National Association of Independent Schools, the Independent Schools Association of the Central States, and the Saint Louis Educational Confederation.